May 22, 2018


MTN Group invested ₦225 billion in Nigeria in 2017

According to the Investor Day Presentation by MTN Nigeria, 28% of MTN Group’s capital expenditure for last year was allocated to the Nigeria arm.

Based on the exchange rate as at December 2017, the group allocated 28% of ₦885.15 billion which is enough justification for the Nigerian unit contributing 32% of the group’s total profit before tax for the year. However, of this figure, only ₦225 billion was spent during the year.


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May 21, 2018


$89m Telecom Deal Puts Ghanaians’ Data At Risk

President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has rubbished the Ministry of Communications' clarification on the $89 million contract with a Haitian firm, KelniGVG for the provision of oversight and revenue assurance monitoring equipment.

There has been a back and forth between IMANI Africa and the Communications Ministry over the deal which the former believes mirrors the State’s controversial agreements with Subah Infosolutions and Afriwave"...

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May 20, 2018


Vodacom looking to expand its reach in Tanzania

Vodacom, already the only telecoms company listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, is negotiating with the Tanzanian government and other cellphone operators about possibly expanding the company.

Vodacom Group’s President and CEO, Shameel Joosub explained that the telecom company is reviewing potential business opportunities that could help to consolidate its business in the local market.


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May 19, 2018


MTN South Africa deploys Huawei's CloudAIR 2.0 system

MTN South Africa said it has commercially deployed Huawei's CloudAIR 2.0 system to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio equipment in the 900 MHz band. CloudAIR 2.0 supports the overlap of 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT services in the 900 MHz band, which enables MTN South Africa to make more efficient use of its limited 900 MHz spectrum allocation, and achieve a 45 percent increase in LTE throughput within the band.

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May 17, 2018


Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore named East Africa CEO of the year

Kenyan telecommunication company Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has been named the Corporate Executive of the Year at the inaugural East Africa Com Awards which celebrate achievements of the people and companies accelerating digital transformation in East Africa.

Collymore was honoured at a ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi at which three Safaricom innovations on customer service, health and agriculture also won awards.


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May 15, 2018


New GSMA Report Highlights Integral Role of Mobile IoT Networks in 5G Future

(AETOS Wire)-- The GSMA today issued a new report, ‘NB-IoT and LTE-M in the 5G context’, highlighting the integral role that licensed Mobile IoT networks, such as NB-IoT and LTE-M, will play in the 5G future and, in particular, the development of ‘massive IoT’. Massive IoT is one of three principle 5G use cases, alongside critical communications and enhanced broadband, that will enable developments such as smart cities and industrial automation. NB-IoT and LTE-M will be fundamental to the development of massive IoT and in supporting and complementing 5G’s myriad use cases and applications. Leading operators including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Orange and Vodafone are committed to deploying these networks as part of their future 5G massive IoT strategies. “While people often associate 5G with super-fast mobile broadband speeds, it will also serve......

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May 10, 2018


Ooredoo Tunisia seeks to grow customer base with latest tech upgrades from eserveGlobal

International fintech service provider eServGlobal has deepened its collaboration with existing customer, Ooredoo Tunisia through a two-year contract, which encompasses technology platform upgrades as well as two-years of support through to 2019.

eServGlobal has been a technology vendor to Ooredoo Tunisia for more than a decade, facilitating all prepaid recharge requirements.


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May 9, 2018


Perpetual Communications and Annecto in new deal to expand telecom business in Nigeria

Annecto Telecom, a global VoIP network operator and carrier-grade service infrastructure provider, and Perpetual Communications Limited, a telecommunications company in Nigeria have announced that PCL has selected Annecto Telecom as its exclusive technical and trading partner to provide voice, data, SMS and VAS aggregation services in Nigeria.

PCL currently provides a range of VAS services, including caller ID, mobile content, messaging and other"...

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May 9, 2018


Japan’s Mobile Operators Launch RCS Services Based on GSMA Specifications

(AETOS Wire) -- The GSMA today announced that Japanese mobile operators KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, INC. and SoftBank Corp. have launched Rich Communications Services (RCS) based on the GSMA’s specifications. The service, which is called ‘+ message’, is an upgrade to SMS and is available today to customers on smartphones and tablets, enabling them to enjoy enhanced messaging features such as chat, group chat, video, gifs, file and location sharing, amongst others."...

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May 3, 2018


Kenya: Safaricom To Launch Messaging App Linked To M-Pesa

Safaricom, Kenya’s biggest telecommunication company, is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business, the company said on tuesday.

Bonga, which means chat in Kiswahili, will be integrated with the company’s popular financial services platform M-Pesa to allow the almost 28 million of its users to communicate beyond sending money to one another,"...

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